We have three classes at Slindon Church of England Primary School.
Catkin Class is for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, though this year (2021/22) our Reception children are registered separately and have their own dedicated teacher. The Reception children, or Squirrels, have an additional space but are very much still part of Catkin Class and will continue to utilise all of the Catkin Class area.
Acorn Class is for children in Years 3 and 4 and Chestnut Class is Years 5 and 6.
Children in Early Years (Reception) and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) are in Catkin Class, and children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) are in Acorn and Chestnut Class. We have an additional space in our school called The Glade, which we use for small group work and meetings. This is where we used to hold Collective Worship but we no longer all fit in!
Our morning routine
The morning routine begins when the playground gate opens at 8.45am. Staff are supervising on the playground from this time and we ask that you stay with your children until the bell is rung at 8.55am when the children line up and are led into their class.
If you need to pass on some information quickly to your child’s teacher, please do, but be mindful that our focus is on getting the children into school safely and settled in the mornings. We ask that lengthier conversations are saved until the end of the day.
Morning break is at 10.20am. Children in Years 1-6 play together on the main playground or the field, children in Reception play in their own outdoor area until the Summer Term.
During the morning, on most days, the class timetables across the school focus on English and Maths related activities, including Phonics for the younger children.
Lunch break is from 12.00pm until 1.00pm and each class eats their lunch in their classroom with their friends. School dinners are served by our wonderful Katie, and delivered to the children’s seats by our Teaching Assistants (we have kept this system that we adapted due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, as it makes for a smooth and calm lunchtime). Catkin Class eat from 12-12.30pm and then go out to play when they are ready. Acorn and Chestnut Classes go out to play first and then eat lunch from 12.30-1.00pm.
All of the children in Catkin Class are entitled to a free school meal at lunchtime. Children in Years 3-6 may be entitled to a free school meal (more information about this on page 6) or this can be ordered and paid for by Parents/ Carers. Further information about ordering school meals for your child/ children can be found on this website in the ‘Parent’ tab under ‘Chartwells School Lunches’.
We encourage packed lunch boxes to be healthy and would prefer that children do not have chocolate at school. We have a no nut policy and many varieties of chocolate contain nut traces. We therefore also ask that no nuts are brought into school. We ask that sweets are saved until the end of the day.
Our afternoon routine
Learning in the afternoon begins with either Collective Worship or class assembly at 1.00pm. After this, on most days, children participate in learning across all other areas of the curriculum.
End of the day routine
Children in Catkin Class finish school at 3.10pm. Children in Acorn and Chestnut Class finish at 3.15pm. Please do come through the gate a few minutes before the end of the day. If you would like to speak with your child’s teacher, please wait until all children have safely been seen to their parents.
PE (Physical Education)
All of our classes have PE on a Tuesday and so we ask that all children come to school in weather appropriate PE kits. This is another routine that we have decided to keep, having adopted it due to Covid, as it saves a great deal of time and space. From September until the October half-term, we have PE outdoors on our playground and field. After the October half-term holiday until the February half-term holiday we have PE in Coronation Hall. After the February half-term holiday until the end of the academic year, we return to having PE on our playground and field again. Please keep an eye out on the weather forecast on Tuesdays; on colder days the children will need navy jogging bottoms and on warmer days their PE shorts. They should wear their PE shirt and school jumper and of course all items should be named clearly.
Every Monday and Friday we come together for Collective Worship as a whole school, in Coronation Hall from 1.00-1.30pm. Each Monday, Miss Cooper leads the theme of collective worship for the week which is continued during class assemblies on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, we celebrate the week’s achievements . One of the Class assemblies throughout the week will focus on current affairs or a theme relevant to each particular class.
Forest School will begin once all the permission forms have been returned, before the end of September. We will let you know a week before we are ready to go and for most classes, we will need parent helpers to enable Forest School to go ahead. In order for us to continue to access the forest in the grounds next door to us, we need help from our Parents/ Carers to accompany us. We need to complete a risk assessment for each visit, one week before we go, and therefore we need to know which adults are accompanying us one week in advance. We also need volunteers to stay with us for the whole time we are there, to ensure that we adhere to the required adult:child ratios. We also prefer to do an enhanced DBS for all adults who regularly help us at school.
We are planning to continue to take Catkin Class children into the Forest on a Thursday morning. Acorn Class plan to access the Forest on a Thursday afternoon and Chestnut Class on a Friday afternoon. Children will need to be wearing long sleeved tops and full trousers.
Before the Coronavirus Pandemic we took the whole school swimming to Felpham Leisure Centre. The unpredictability of the virus and changes required led us to decide not to continue with that routine for this year. Instead, we are liaising with Slindon College who have very kindly said we may access their pool during the Summer Term. Further information to be sent during the Spring Term.
After School Clubs
After the October half term holiday, after school clubs will run from the first week of the half term. No clubs run in the last week of the half term, to allow staff to meet together and discuss children’s progress over the half term, or during the week of Parent/ Carer consultations.
After school clubs are for children in Years 1-6. All clubs will finish at 4pm.